Project Configurations Are Copied Incorrectly with VCConfiguration.CopyTo Method

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When you create new configurations from existing configurations (for example, when you copy "Debug" to a new configuration that is named "Debug Unicode"), some of the information from the old configuration is not copied correctly to the new configuration.

This problem can occur if you use the Visual Studio .NET Configuration Manager interactively or if you use the VCConfiguration.CopyTo method in Visual C# code to create the new configuration from an existing configuration.


A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next Microsoft .NET Framework service pack that contains this hotfix.

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The typical support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time      Version     Size       File Name
   03-Jul-2002  15:03:42  7.0.9514.0  1,052,672  VCProjectEngine.dll


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


An example of this problem is when you see an empty VCMIDLTool for the new configuration instead of having the VCCustomBuildTool tool defined.


Article ID: 325773 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 1.3
  • Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2002 Standard Edition
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